LISC National
About Us

What We Do

With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America – great places to live, work, visit, do business and raise families.

Our Rural LISC Mission

Rural LISC believes in rural America. We are committed to providing support for our communities, making them good places to live, work, do business and raise children. We believe that nonprofit community organizations play an essential role in achieving this mission. Rural LISC is dedicated to building the capacity of these groups and increasing their production, by generating resources and investing in their work.

Why Rural?

  • Rural America is the primary source of the nation’s food, water, fuel and recreation.
  • Almost 75 percent of America’s land mass is rural.
  • Over 46 million people live in rural America. Veterans make up 25 percent of the rural population.
  • Three out of five “boomers” say their idea of a perfect retirement location is a small town or rural area.

Rural Challenges

  • Lack of quality and affordable housing options
  • Shrinking access to health care and medical facilities
  • Struggling economies with limited job opportunities and limited quality education for all ages
  • Lack of access to technology and internet connectivity

The Need for Our Work

Rural America is 3 million square miles and 71 million people.  It is countryside, small towns, mountains, farmland and coastal shores. Rural America is part and parcel of our entire country, and it matters! Rural communities lack quality, affordable housing and health care. They are losing jobs and land to suburban sprawl. They do not receive the necessary government funding and support to provide decent education and transportation services. They are often unable to keep up with technology and the mainstream economy.

Despite the image of rural America as a farm-driven economy, less than nine percent of rural jobs are in the combined farming, agricultural services, forestry and fishing industries.